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Neighboring Agencies Collaborate in Time of Need

CCRTA Assists Agency That Lost Buses in Fire
In the aftermath of a December fire in Victoria, TX, that destroyed the majority of that city’s buses, the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) transferred two of its recently retired buses to Victoria Transit, located close to 100 miles from Corpus Christi. Other public transit systems in the state have loaned vehicles.

Victoria Transit, operated by the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission, lost 33 of its buses, or 78 percent of the fleet, in the fire. The cause of the fire is still unknown, although a spokesperson said investigators do not think it was intentionally set.

With estimates suggesting that replacing the buses could cost about $2.7 million and take up to six months, CCRTA and other agencies worked to help the system provide transportation for its customers.

“We know how important our buses are to our own community and how many of our residents rely on our services; we couldn’t let our sister community of Victoria suffer,” said CCRTA Chief Executive Officer Jorge Cruz-Aedo. “The transit community is known for stepping up for one another in times of need, and we are just grateful that we are fortunate enough to assist our fellow transit community.”

CCRTA’s two Gillig diesel buses have reached the end of their useful life according to FTA requirements, but the agency said the vehicles are still in good condition and will provide optimal service for Victoria Transit.

Syracuse, NY, Agency Reaches Out to Ithaca’s TCAT
While Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) in Ithaca, NY, awaits the February arrival of 11 new and much needed Gillig buses, a neighbor some 50 miles away is helping the agency meet its weekday service demands.

Upon the request of TCAT General Manager Scot Vanderpool, Rick Lee, chief executive officer of the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (Centro) in Syracuse, agreed to lend TCAT two of his agency’s 40-foot 2005 New Flyer diesel buses, which TCAT bus operators and a mechanic transported back to Ithaca on Dec. 1. “We need the help thatCentro is providing to assure that we meet our service demands and to provide the reliable service our customers expect and deserve,” said Vanderpool. “We are very appreciative of Rick Lee’s and Centro’s generosity, support and quick response in helping out a fellow transit agency.”

TCAT General Manager Scot Vanderpool, far right, joins agency and Tompkins County staff in thanking Centro for loaning two buses to help TCAT contend with vehicle shortages.

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